While the insanely talented and mega fast rising star Maggie Rogers is charming the European music industry with her current tour on the strength of just one EP, lets not forget how she charmed Pharrell at his Masterclasses at NYU’s Clive Davis Institute back in February 2016, where he critiqued student work. Just check out Pharrell's face when he hears her song, it perfectly captures that moment when you hear something that blows you away. Must have been hard to have been another student in that class that day.
And here is the produced version of the same song 'Alaska'
And my favourite song 'Dog Years' off her EP Now That The Light Is Fading.
Heard this song last night for the first time in ages, sounded great still so thought I'd post it up for a nice relaxing Sunday afternoon post.
Taken from Warpaint's 2009 EP Exquisite Corpse, 'Billie Holiday'.
Taking it back to 2007/14 The Dø with 'On My Shoulders' from the album A Mouthful.
Great indie pop from the French/Finnish duo. A wonderfully addictive tune. Olivia Merilahti's beautifully fragile vocals indulge us in a vocal melody that is both easy going and wholly pleasing in its simplistic yet catchy rhythm. A melty sad song.
This performance of 'Stars' at the Montreux Festival in 1976 is simply stunning. Possibly one of the best performances out there on record. Who could fail to look into Nina's eyes and not feel something. Nina was feeling too much. Listen to that perfect pitch at the beginning where she begins to sing before the first notes from the piano. A genius command of sound. I'm so glad someone filmed this because I feel like I was there (with out the feelings of nervousness for potentially being told off for standing up). These were a great few moments in time.
When I first moved to Oxford I missed Bonnie 'Prince' Billy and Trembling Bells play on my doorstep by a month. Every time I hear a Bonnie 'Prince' Billy song I am reminded of this fact. I contacted his record company the other day to ask if he has any plans to come back to the UK, sadly the response was "there are no UK tour plans at the moment" - I'll hang on to the "at the moment" comment.
Here's a recording of the May 2012 concert at the then called 'Bullingdon', now the slightly better but not very inspiringly named 'Art Bar' in Oxford. The Bonnie Bells of Oxford features Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – aka Will Oldham – on vocals, melodica and kazoo, and the Trembling Bells group: Lavinia Blackwell (vocals, keyboard, guitar), Mike Hastings (guitar, vocals), Alex Neilson (drums, vocals) and Simon Shaw (bass, vocals). The live album is available to stream online for free, or can be purchased as a download for £7. You can't beat a bit of kazoo now can you? Please come back Bonnie 'Prince' Billy!
Oh my goodness! How did I miss that Metronomy are going to be playing the Oxford O2 in March? Amazingly there are still tickets available here. Do yourself a favour and get a couple, this band is one of the most consistently good bands to come out of the UK in a while, great live as well. They've sold out two nights back to back at The Old Market Brighton (but to be fair that might just be my friend Pete who loves them), and one night at the Brixton Academy so far on this tour.